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SOFT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does soft mean? 

SOFT (adjective)
  The adjective SOFT has 19 senses:

1. yielding readily to pressure or weight
2. compassionate and kind; conciliatory
3. (of sound) relatively low in volume
4. easily hurt
5. produced with vibration of the vocal cords
6. not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)
7. used chiefly as a direction or description in music
8. (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
9. (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as 's' and 'sh')
10. (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value
11. using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation
12. tolerant or lenient
13. soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
14. having little impact
15. out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
16. willing to negotiate and compromise
17. not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship
18. mild and pleasant
19. not brilliant or glaring

  Familiarity information: SOFT used as an adjective is very familiar.


SOFT (adverb)
  The adverb SOFT has 1 sense:

1. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship

  Familiarity information: SOFT used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SOFT (adjective)


Sense 1soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Yielding readily to pressure or weight

Similar:

flaccid (drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness)

flocculent; woolly; wooly (having a fluffy character or appearance)

yielding (lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure)

mushy (having the consistency of mush)

overstuffed (upholstered thickly and deeply)

semisoft; softish (somewhat soft)

downlike; downy; flossy; fluffy (like down or as soft as down)

velvet; velvety (resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface)

cushioned; cushiony; padded (softened by the addition of cushions or padding)

cottony (resembling cotton; as soft as cotton)

compressible; squeezable (capable of being easily compressed)

cheeselike (having the consistency of cheese)

brushed; fleecy; napped ((of fabrics) having soft nap produced by brushing)

demulcent; emollient; salving; softening (having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin)

spongelike; spongy; squashy; squishy (easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility)

Attribute:

hardness (the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale)

Antonym:

hard (resisting weight or pressure)


Sense 2soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Compassionate and kind; conciliatory

Context example:

he was soft on his children

Similar:

mellow (having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience)

Also:

warmhearted (marked by warmth of feeling like kindness and sympathy and generosity)

tender (given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality)

Antonym:

hard (dispassionate)


Sense 3soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of sound) relatively low in volume

Context examples:

soft voices / soft music

Similar:

soft-spoken (having a speaking manner that is not loud or harsh)

soft-footed (sound of quiet gentle steps)

murmurous; rustling; soughing; susurrous (characterized by soft sounds)

murmuring; susurrant; whispering (making a low continuous indistinct sound)

low; low-toned (very low in volume)

little; small ((of a voice) faint)

hushed; muted; quiet; subdued (in a softened tone)

gentle (quiet and soothing)

euphonious ((of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident)

dull; muffled; muted; softened (being or made softer or less loud or clear)

Also:

quiet (free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound)

Attribute:

intensity; loudness; volume (the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction))

Antonym:

loud (characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity)


Sense 4soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Easily hurt

Synonyms:

delicate; soft

Context examples:

soft hands / a baby's delicate skin

Similar:

tender; untoughened (physically untoughened)


Sense 5soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Produced with vibration of the vocal cords

Synonyms:

sonant; voiced; soft

Context examples:

a frequently voiced opinion / voiced consonants such as 'b' and 'g' and 'z'


Sense 6soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)

Context example:

soft targets

Antonym:

hardened (protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons))


Sense 7soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used chiefly as a direction or description in music

Synonyms:

piano; soft

Context example:

the piano passages in the composition

Similar:

pianissimo assai; pianissimo (chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft)


Sense 8soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected

Synonyms:

diffuse; diffused; soft

Antonym:

hard ((of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source)


Sense 9soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as 's' and 'sh')

Similar:

continuant; fricative; sibilant; spirant; strident (of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as 'f', 's', 'z', or 'th' in both 'thin' and 'then'))

palatal; palatalised; palatalized (produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as 'y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as 'ch' in 'chin' or 'j' in 'gin'))

Antonym:

hard ((of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum)


Sense 10soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value

Context example:

the market for computers is soft

Similar:

falling (becoming lower or less in degree or value)


Sense 11soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation

Context examples:

soft data / the soft sciences

Similar:

qualitative (involving distinctions based on qualities)


Sense 12soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tolerant or lenient

Synonyms:

lenient; indulgent; soft

Context examples:

indulgent parents risk spoiling their children / too soft on the children / they are soft on crime

Similar:

permissive (granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline)


Sense 13soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

Synonyms:

gentle; soft

Context examples:

a gentle reprimand / a vein of gentle irony / poked gentle fun at him

Similar:

mild (moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme)


Sense 14soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having little impact

Synonyms:

easy; gentle; soft

Context examples:

an easy pat on the shoulder / gentle rain / a gentle breeze / a soft (or light) tapping at the window

Similar:

light (of little intensity or power or force)


Sense 15soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance

Synonyms:

flabby; flaccid; soft

Context examples:

he was too soft for the army / flabby around the middle / flaccid cheeks

Similar:

unfit (not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition)


Sense 16soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Willing to negotiate and compromise

Similar:

conciliative; conciliatory (intended or likely to overcome animosity or hostility)


Sense 17soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship

Synonyms:

cushy; easygoing; soft

Context examples:

what a cushy job! / the easygoing life of a parttime consultant / a soft job

Similar:

easy (posing no difficulty; requiring little effort)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 18soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mild and pleasant

Synonyms:

balmy; mild; soft

Context examples:

balmy days and nights / the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth / a soft breeze

Similar:

clement ((of weather or climate) physically mild)


Sense 19soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not brilliant or glaring

Synonyms:

subdued; soft

Context examples:

the moon cast soft shadows / soft pastel colors / subdued lighting

Similar:

dull (emitting or reflecting very little light)


SOFT (adverb)


Sense 1soft [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a relaxed manner; or without hardship

Synonyms:

soft; easy

Context example:

just wanted to take it easy

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Pertainym:

soft (not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship)


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